Showing posts from February, 2011

The Worship of Work (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Is it possible that our office could be a sanctuary where our work becomes worship before God? The Bible shows us that our God is a god of work and therefore teaches us to be good stewards in our jobs. However, temptations exist that cause us to give less than our best such as laziness, dishonesty, and superficiality. We need to return work to its rightful place as an act of worship and seek to glorify God with every task and make our work a witness. Listen to Audio

Fortis, Friday Night (8 - 11 p.m.)

Just a quick reminder to the men in the RBC area that tonight (2/25) is Fortis (8:00 - 11 p.m.).  The word Fortis is a latin term that means "to make strong."  We see it used in words that convey strength like "fortress", "fortify", "fortitude."  Through the Holy Spirit the gospel brings new strength into the lives of men and calls them to live morally strong.  Our culture is in desperate need of men with great moral and spiritual strength. When explaining the power that healed the lame man in Acts 3:16 Peter says, "And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong."  Tonight (8 - 11 p.m.) we will gather together for three hours of prayer, Bible study, and worship so that the lives of men in our community may be made strong in the gospel.  Our topic will be "Spiritual Leadership."  We will be looking at the theme of priesthood throughout the Bible but especially in 1 Peter.  Life and its temptations can be intense,

Praying for North Africa

As we watch the news unfold in Egypt and Libya most of us are not quite sure what to do with it.  Who are these people?  What’s at stake?  Why is there so much unrest?  Why do our nation’s leaders seem to hold it at arms length?  I am sure there are a myriad of political responses to these questions, but I think there is one question that seems silent in the midst of the chaos.  What does this mean for the church and the gospel? North Africa holds deep historical significance not only for the narrative of the gospel, but also for the early church.  An angel told Joseph in a dream to flee from Herod and take Jesus and Mary to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15).  In church history Augustine of Hippo was from modern day Algeria.  Augustine was an influential theologian who shaped much of we believe about election, predestination, sin, and justification.  And it was from North Africa, either Egypt or Libya, that Arius developed a Christology that said that Jesus was of a different essence than the

The Edge of the Budget (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

In God’s plan for our finances, He provides for those in need through our excess and overage. He commands that we not spend and use up everything we have on ourselves, but rather reserve a portion of our budget to provide for those in need.  God told His people to leave the edges when they harvested their fields so the poor could glean from the leftovers. They were not to be greedy and selfish, but by their generosity they would be known as the children of God. What does your checkbook say about you, greedy or giving?  Listen to Audio

Here for Them

  So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.   And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:1-4) I served as pastor of Lantana Road Baptist Church in Crossville, TN from 1996 – 2002.   We had a van ministry that would pick up children in nearby communities and bring them to Sunday School and worship on Sunday mornings.   My memory fails to recall the names of many of those children, but I can never forget their faces or their stories.   Yet one little man, his face, his story, his distinct East Tennessee brogue, and what would amount to a small binder of memorable quotes are forever etch

Statistics: World Hunger and Missions

Here are the statistics I shared yesterday about world hunger and missions in the sermon "A Budget for the Edges."  Most of the data was gathered from and .  There are 1 billion 32 million undernourished people in the world right now. There are 1 billion 160 million overweight people in the world right now. 1.02 billion people in the world do not have enough to eat. This means one sixth of humanity is undernourished. Hunger and malnutrition are still the number one risks to health worldwide. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes - that's one child every 5 seconds. In 2008, nearly 3 million children died before they reached their fifth birthday due directly or indirectly to hunger and malnutrition. It is estimated that 684,000 child deaths worldwide could be prevented by increasing access to vitamin A and zinc. Domestically   An estimated 35% of poor families in the U.S. are forced to choose between buying food and

Dealing with Debt (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Imagine a culture that is out of debt, loans that never go into default, and never last more than six years. Imagine loans, not welfare, that were created for charity not consumerism and an economic climate where the overall goal is to eliminate poverty. Debt will put you in bondage but God’s desire is for us to serve Him and Him alone. For this reason, He gave His people a plan for dealing with money and using it as an expression of love to others in need, as we express our love for Him. Listen to Audio

2045, The Year Man Becomes Immortal

Last night we cooked steaks and ate cookies.  Last week I read a couple of books on church history and put pre-emergent on my yard.  My life is un-cool.  As you and I are living un-cool, do you ever wonder what other people are doing while we are putting out pre-emergent?   Apparently while I put out pre-emergent and read books; computer scientists, psychologists, neuroscientists, nanotechnologists, molecular biologists, a guy who specializes in computers you can wear, a professor of emergency medicine, an expert on cognition in gray parrots and a magician were meeting about singularity.   Technically they met last August, but you get my point, these guys are way past pre-emergent.  They are meeting about the moment when computer intelligence transcends human intelligence; singularity.  It is the moment we begin relying on computers with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to figure out things about life and health that we cannot.  After singularity your brain, or at least your consc

Another Reason I Like Richt

Here is an excerpt of an article from Bill King of the Junkyard Blawg: James Eunice, 17, from Valdosta, fell from a boat three weeks ago and drowned while duck hunting. He was found this Monday and his funeral was yesterday. James had been accepted at UGA, and his intention was to try and walk-on the football team. During the busiest time of his year, Coach Mark Richt sent a letter stating James had made the team, and a UGA jersey with his name on the back, was presented to the family. Read the entire article here .

The Good Books on The Hard Issues

Here is a list of books that will help Christians be more prepared to answer the hard questions people are asking. The list is by no means exhaustive, yet I have tried to compile one that is laymen friendly and representative of a wide range of issues. This list represents not only my personal reading but recommendations from other pastors and some seminary professors I have had along the way. These books represent apologetics, creation/evolution, the existence of God, basic theological surveys, the problem of evil, textual issues with the Bible, church history, ethics, cults and world religions. I do not have time to break them all down by category, some do well to address several issues. If anyone has any to add to the list (please pay attention to the purpose of the list), please share.  Thanks to Jason Dollar and Dave Delmotte for contributing. C.S. Lewis The Problem of Pain Miracles Mere Christianity Lee Strobel The Case for Christ The Case for a Creator The Case for